UPDATED: GoFundMe account set up for 3-year-old girl who died on I-15 after semi driver made illegal turn

A Kia van is partially pinned beneath a semitractor's trailer following a crash on Interstate 15 in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 19, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Highway Patrol, St. George News

UPDATE Nov. 21, 2 p.m. This report has been updated to include information about a GoFundMe account set up for the family of the child who died following Sunday’s crash. At the time of this update, the girl’s name has not been officially released to St. George News.

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. — A young child died and three other children were injured Sunday in a crash on Interstate 15 in Nevada after police say the driver of a semitractor-trailer turned in front of a van.

Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the incident involving a blue Volvo semitractor hauling a trailer and a red 2005 Kia van at 4:08 p.m. PST near mile marker 77 on I-15 in the Moapa River Indian Reservation.

Tire marks are apparent at the scene of a crash in which a Kia van became partially pinned beneath a semitractor’s trailer on Interstate 15 in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 19, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Highway Patrol, St. George News

The semi driver was northbound in the outside lane, while the Kia was northbound in the inside lane behind the semi.

The semi driver began braking and made an improper left turn into the dirt center median with signage marked “No U-Turn” and “Authorized Vehicles Only,” according to a news release issued by Nevada Highway Patrol Monday night.

The left turn put the semi’s trailer directly in the path of the Kia, according to Nevada Highway Patrol, causing the Kia to crash into and become partially pinned underneath the trailer.

Five people were in the Kia at the time of the crash, including the adult female driver and four children.

A Mercy Air medical helicopter crew arrived on scene to transport one of the van’s passengers, a 3-year-old girl suffering from critical injuries to Sunrise Pediatrics in Las Vegas.

The 3-year-old, who had been properly seated in a child safety seat at the time of the crash, later died of her injuries.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in the girl’s name to help offset funeral expenses. There has also been a donation account set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name of “Genesis Memorial Fund,” account #3762948259. (See Ed. note)

Emergency crews respond to a crash on Interstate 15, Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 19, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Doug Beyer, St. George News

An 11-year-old boy had to be extricated from the van using Jaws of Life equipment and was transported by ground to the University Medical Center Trauma Center in Las Vegas with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver and two other juvenile occupants were also sent to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

While the incident still remains under investigation, Nevada Highway Patrol said impairment and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Charges against the semi driver were pending at the time this report was taken.

The incident caused both northbound and southbound lanes in the area of the crash to be closed while emergency crews responded, leading to major delays for motorists Sunday evening.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • SteveSGU November 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! The idiot tore up an entire family here. They are innocent.

    I am presuming the semi driver is guilty. We have enough evidence in this report to conclude that. Now please publish his name, so we can make sure he receives proper justice. Is he locked up, like he should be?

  • comments November 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    very sad thing. Had this happened in UT, assuming the driver was not alcohol or drug impaired, this would be considered a “no fault” situation and no criminal charges filed. Nevada may well prosecute this type of thing as negligent homicide, but I don’t know. UT, as a policy, doesn’t prosecute accidental traffic deaths so long as the driver wasn’t alcohol or drug impaired. Not sure how they handle deaths caused by cell phone distraction, whether that is criminally negligent. RIP to the child and all the best to the survivors/family.

  • Ladyk November 21, 2017 at 2:33 am

    My father was in a very serious accident with a semi years ago. He was carrying 2 underground water tanks on a flat bed. He had been told multiple times to get off of I15 because he could not clear the bridges but he missed the I215 turn. So instead of stopping until he could turn around or taking an exit and turning around he kept going, finally reaching a point where he knew he could not clear the bridge. Again instead of stopping he kept going but swerved over to the far left lane where my dads car was traveling. The 6 ton tank cleared but the 8ton tank did not. It jammed under the freeway and was pushed off the truck becoming stuck between the freeway below and the overpass. My dad had nowhere to go and slammed into the tank.

    There needs to be very heavy penalties against truck drivers when they make these kinds of mistakes. People’s lives are changed forever.

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